Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Tender and juicy Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin coated with a blend of Italian spices and minced garlic, seared to lock in the flavors and quickly roasted in the oven.  

Sliced Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin coated with a blend of Italian spices and minced garlic on a bed of spinach on a large plate

If I'm ever asked what my favorite meal to cook is, I'd have to answer pork tenderloin.

The reasons are simple.  Pork tenderloin is easy to cook, it's lean, it tastes great and is lovely to serve to guests.

This Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin recipe is tried and true.  I coat the outside with a mixture of spices.  Then I put a little oil in my skillet, add the pork to the pan and place it in the oven to cook.  The pork tenderloin cooks for 10 minutes on one side in a 450 degree oven, then I flip the pork over, reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees and roast the other side for 15 minutes.  Easy, right?

One thing I love about pork tenderloins is that they easily lend themselves to a variety of flavors.   You can even mix together a few of your favorite spices and create your own flavorful rub.  I happen to love Italian seasoned pork so I made my own spice mix of dried basil, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic, salt and black pepper.

Sliced Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin coated with a blend of Italian spices and minced garlic on a bed of spinach on a large plate

Pork tenderloin is usually sold in individual packages in the meat section of the grocery store.  Usually there are 2 tenderloins in one package.  One tenderloin usually weighs about a pound and is the ideal size if you're cooking for two.  When you cook two tenderloins, you may be lucky enough to have extra for a couple of lunches and at least one dinner or two.

Overhead view of a Sliced Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin coated with a blend of Italian spices and minced garlic on a bed of spinach with sliced red bell peppers all on a large plate

If you're looking for a dinner recipe that's easy to make yet looks as if you worked for hours in the kitchen, this is your recipe.

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Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Tender and juicy Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin coated with a blend of Italian spices and minced garlic that is seared to lock in the flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons crushed black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Place the skillet in the oven on a middle rack and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. The skillet will heat along with the oven.
  • Pat the pork tenderloins dry with a paper towel and set aside. Combine the garlic, basil, oregano, black pepper, salt and thyme in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture onto all sides of each of the pork tenderloins.
  • Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven using oven mitts and pour the oil in the pan. Swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Place the pork in the pan. (You can bend them to fit inside the pan if they're a little long). Return the pan to the oven. Roast for 10 minutes.
  • Flip the pork tenderloins over. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and continue roasting another 15 minutes. The pork is done when it's internal temperature registers 145 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
  • Transfer the pork to a large plate and cover with foil. Let them rest 15 minutes before serving.

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31 thoughts on “Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin”

    1. Hi Danielle,
      You can also use a baking dish but the cooking instructions will be a little different. First, heat the oven to 400 degrees, rub a little oil over the pork and rub the spice mixture all over the pork. Place the pork in the lightly greased baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. The pork is done when the internal temperature is 145 degrees. I like to add a tablespoon of butter to the pork after I take it out of the oven and then cover the baking dish. Let the pork rest for 10-15 minutes, then spoon the juices and the butter that has melted over the top of the pork.

  1. I had almost forgotten about the deliciousness of pork tenderloin! It’s been so long since I’ve enjoyed this delightful entree. I love how your yummy recipe is quick and easy to prepare. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  2. Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)

    I LOVE that you crust this with herbs. Looks amazing. And I bet the leftovers are fabulous too.

  3. Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling

    I don’t make pork tenderloin nearly enough for how much my family loves it! I have to try your recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I love the simple, yet elegant, recipe for pork tenderloin you came up with here!! I bet the flavors really shine and it is sure to please all of your guests!

  5. Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    I’m with you that pork tenderloin is a great go-to meal. We always have a package in the freezer, and there are so many ways to flavor it that the options are always endless. Your version and flavors look fantastic! Now I need to get out a new package of tenderloins and make this one! Thanks! :o)

  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    This is such a beautiful dish – love the presentation! Is it wrong that I’m already thinking ahead, and dreaming of sandwiches with the leftovers?!

  7. I enjoy eating pork tenderloin but I always seem to overcook it:( Your recipe looks amazing; I am inspired to give another go!

  8. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    I’ve cooked regular pork loin with garlic and fresh herbs. Absolutely wonderful and want to try tenderloin now!

  9. Whenever I come across amazing recipes like this, I wish my husband ate pork! He doesn’t eat it, so I don’t cook it often, but the next time he’s out of town, I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  10. Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

    I have to put this pork loin on the dinner menu. Looks so moist, tender and juicy!!! YUM

  11. Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    5 stars
    This is just beautiful 😀 It’s been forever since i’ve had pork tenderloin – I’l have to pick some up and try your recipe!

  12. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Okay, so how have I never made a pork tenderloin before?? You make it sounds so crazy easy to make too. I will have to try this recipe soon. 🙂

  13. I always loved going to Grandma’s for dinner when she made pork tenderloin. She always made it with cooked carrots though, and I’m not a huge fan of cooked carrots. I can’t wait to try this.

  14. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    I love pork tenderloin–makes such an easy and tasty dinner! This recipe looks especially tasty!

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